There’s a whole world of raw food recipes waiting to be tried. While raw food desserts are not sugar or calorie-free, they are free of saturated fats and white processed sugars. The following raw Brownie recipe is from Jennifer Cornbleet’s book, Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 people published by Book Publishing Company of Summertown, Tennessee.
Jennifer dishes up a variety of knowledge in her book from basic tools and techniques for working with raw foods to recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Her desserts contain a variety of cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, puddings, sauces and more.
The benefits of eating raw foods include:
Raw foods haven’t been cooked and contain high levels of enzymes and vital nutrients.
Enzymes are the proteins that accelerate the rate of chemical reactions, including those involved in digestion and metabolism.
Phytonutrients are plant-derived, biologically active chemicals that are considered able to prevent diseases.
Raw pie crusts, for example, are made from nuts, coconut, and salt, which gives them a buttery flavor. Adding dates binds ingredients together.
When food is cooked, it loses its moisture and becomes denser. Raw foods, full of water, fill you up much more quickly, allowing you to eat much less.
Raw desserts contain naturally good sources of vitamins A, C, and E which function as antioxidants preventing free radical damage that is a normal part of metabolism and results from environmental pollutions, stress, diet, etc.
Raw foods slow the aging process while easily meeting the daily requirements for fruit and vegetable servings.
Try the following raw dessert printed here with permission from Book Publishing Company. This recipe comes from the book, Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet. Her desire is to teach others how to eat healthy every day using raw foods, the ultimate fast food.
Simple and essential raw ingredients from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, enzymes, and fiber are the building blocks for good health. Eating a raw food diet can Increase energy while preventing degenerative diseases and weight gain.
Raw Vegan Brownies
- 1-1/2 cups raw walnuts, unsoaked
- dash salt
- 8 pitted Medjool dates, unsoaked
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla or cherry extract (optional)
- 2 tsp water (for a moister brownie; optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries (optional)
Chop 1/4 cup of the walnuts and set aside. Place the remaining walnuts and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until finely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture sticks together. Add the cocoa powder and optional vanilla and process until evenly distributed. Add the water if using, and process briefly.
Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the reserved chopped walnuts and dried cherries if desired, and mix well using hands. Pack mixture firmly into a square container. Stored in a sealed container, Brownies will keep for up to one week in the refrigerator or one month in the freezer.